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Survey reveals younger people more likely to invest in cryptocurrencies, invest online and use informal information sources when investing

01/06/2023 - 20% of consumers do not closely monitor the performance of their investments while 16% do not understand the fees and taxes they needed to pay for their investments.

Why do women find it so hard to secure funding for their business?

23/05/2023 - Equity over equality: How a more equitable system will help female entrepreneurs access the funding required to grow their business

22% increase in level of corporate insolvencies in Q1 2023

27/04/2023 - A total of 146 corporate insolvencies were recorded in Ireland in the first quarter of 2023, according to the latest insolvency statistics published by Deloitte. This represents an increase of 22% from the same quarter in 2022, when 120 incidents were recorded...

The myth of the overnight success

27/04/2023 - We constantly read about overnight success stories. Young people who come from nowhere to own multi billion dollar businesses. At the same time, young people are looking at their starting salary out of college and wondering where they got it all wrong. How come they aren’t earning the big bucks?

What would you do if you came into money?

04/04/2023 - We’ve all had fantasised about what we would do if we won the Euro millions and had more money than we could think of. Who we would buy houses for, who we would give a few quid to? What car would you buy? Where would you go on holidays? Would we give up work, reduce hours or do charity work instead?

ESG factors explained

30/03/2023 - Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors can have a profound impact on corporate performance and investment returns. Understanding these factors and how they may influence companies and markets can help investors enhance their returns and reduce their risk.

How to get entitlement of employers pension contributions inside 2 years

01/03/2023 - If you are a member of a company pension scheme, you have to be in that scheme for at least two years to be legally entitled to the value of your employer’s contributions (when I started working, it had just been changed to five years. Before that, you were never entitled to the value of your employer’s contributions if you left before retirement age!).

Rise in Irish companies reporting environmental emissions - CDP Ireland Network

23/02/2023 - A growing number of Irish companies are setting externally verified climate emissions targets and choosing to disclose their performance, according to CDP Ireland Network.

Corporate catfishing: 35% of conference-goers believe attendees lie on networking apps

22/02/2023 - Survey unearths the harsh reality of networking apps and their striking similarity to online dating.

Irish consumer sentiment improves but many still feeling the pinch of rising prices

17/02/2023 - 76% of Irish respondents are concerned that the prices of everyday purchases will go up – down 2% on last month but remains highest of all 24 countries surveyed

Nearly half of Irish consumers would consider purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle

17/02/2023 - Research carried out by Liberty Insurance and RED C in Q3 2022 found that 49% of motorists would consider buying a fully electric or hybrid car. One in three (32%) would not be prepared to consider an electric car, while one in five (19%) don’t know.

Expanding Internationally and growing sales through import and export

02/02/2023 - The development of new technologies now means businesses, both big and small, can import and export abroad more effectively to grow their sales. To help you take advantage of the international marketplace, a variety of options are available if you're looking to expand your business.

How to identify YOUR financial priorities in 2023.

31/01/2023 - Now that January is gone and with the first monthly pay cheque of 2023 arrived, this might just be the time to set some financial priorities for the remainder of the year!

Chartered Surveyors expect house prices to increase by 2% this year

26/01/2023 - While residential property prices recorded double digit growth last year the average rate of increase nationally is expected to stabilise to 2% this year according to a new survey of estate agents by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

Research from 24 countries globally and 24,000 Consumers reveals Irish respondents are the second most concerned about rising costs

20/12/2022 - 78% of consumers in Ireland are concerned about inflation, just behind the UK at 79% followed by 79% in Netherlands. The least concerned countries were China (37%) and Saudi Arabia (49%)

Retaining and attracting the right talent one of the biggest risks for business according to Irish CFOs

15/11/2022 - Just 32% of CFOs are forecasting an increase in revenue over the next 12 months – down from 61% six months ago

Further supports for SMEs in the form of energy efficient enhancement measures required

01/11/2022 - as costs continue to increase for businesses and reduced consumer demand looms

SME Confidence Tracker 2022

01/11/2022 - 87% of SME’s are confident about business prospects over the next 12 months – new research from Bibby Financial Services Ireland

Report of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare : Pensions

21/10/2022 - The Report of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare was published last week. At 547 pages, this is a lengthy document and there is a huge amount of recommendations in it. As there is enough just on pensions, that is what I am going to concentrate on now. I will come back to some of the other recommendations later.

Budget 2023 : Range of measures announced predominantly focused on supporting employment, individuals and other targeted groups.

28/09/2022 - Details of Budget 2023 were announced this week by the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe & the Minister for Public Expenditure and Social Reform, Michael McGrath. A cost of living budget aimed at individuals, families and businesses.

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